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Lake Outlook

AGATE - The lake is still dropping rapidly and is now down to half full, pushing water away from a lot of the near-shore structure that holds bass and crappie. Working the deep portions of the lake with worms or rubber grubs is best.

APPLEGATE - The lake dropped another four feet last week and is now 31 feet from full. Bass fishing is fair to good early and at dusk. Worms are working well for smallmouth near the dam. Trolling for trout has been fair off points and in deeper water with flashers and Needlefish or night crawlers. Bank fishing with worms and PowerBait is fair for trout in the Copper and Hart-Tish Park areas.

The Hart-Tish and Copper boat ramps are open.

EMIGRANT - Fishing for bass and perch has tapered off a bit during the recent spate of hot weather, windy afternoons and dropping water levels. The reservoir now is 55 percent full and sliding downward quickly. Jigs, plastic worms and crankbaits are all working for bass. Perch are biting worms and small jigs. A standing public-health advisory continues about eating all but trout from the lake because of elevated mercury levels.

HOWARD PRAIRIE - Trout fishing is best at dawn and dusk for trollers and still fishermen working deeper water, along the lake's far side across from the resort or the water just off the dike. Trollers still prefer Wedding Ring or Triple Teasers with a piece of night crawler. Most of the action remains at the upper end of the lake for trout. Bass fishing has improved in the shallows and off points. The lake remains 85 percent full and relatively stable despite mid-August irrigation needs.

HYATT - Bass activity remains very good near the dam in the Orchard and in the cove near the Bureau of Land Management campground. Red lures or red PowerBait all work well. These fish are mostly under 7 inches but the action is heavy. Trollers working the weed line or deep along the old creek channel are finding a few big trout, but the overall trout action remains light. The lake is still three-fourths full.

DIAMOND - Trout fishing has stayed good even through the normal August doldrums thanks to intense insect activity and active trout. Fly-fishing with nymphs has been good near the weed lines. The best action remains in 30 feet of water near the south end, where rainbows are hitting rainbow-colored PowerBait throughout the day. Fishing is best early in the morning. Trollers are not doing as well, but they are still catching fish on Flatfish or Needlefish trolled deep and slowly.

Last year's fingerlings are up to 12 inches, with lots of 18-inchers in the mix.

EXPO - The pond remains fair for stocked rainbow trout on worms, small spinners or PowerBait.

LAKE of the WOODS - Brown trout fishing is fairly good for those trolling deep in the few hours after sunset. Early-morning fishing for kokanee is fair for trollers working the top 15 feet of water before the sun hits the water and the kokanee go deep. Bank anglers are catching bullheads and perch.

LOST CREEK - Fishing is fair to good for rainbow trout, mainly early in the morning and upstream of Peyton Bridge as rainbows nose toward cooler in-flow water. Drift single salmon eggs or worms where the in-flow reaches stagnant water. The lake's surface temperature is under 70 degrees for the first time in more than a month. That will improve trolling for trout near the dam. Bass fishing is good in coves and points, with smallmouth dominating the catch. Largemouth have largely moved out of Catfish Cove, where they were released earlier this summer. The lake is 46 feet from full and dropping fast because the out-flow is 860 cubic feet per second more than the in-flow.

FISH - Still-fishing out of boats with worms or PowerBait remains very good for rainbow and brown trout 13 to 15 inches. The lake is 77 percent full. Fishing is better around the springs and in the deeper sections of the lake straight out from the resort.

SELMAC - Trout fishing is slow. Crappie and bluegill are biting worms or small jigs beneath bobbers. Bass fishing is fair to good with rubber worms.

WILLOW LAKE - PowerBait or worms floated off the bottom with marshmallows remain good bets for trout. Trolling leeches or woolly buggers from float tubes can be great at dusk. Crappie and bass fishing are a little slow, chiefly because yellow perch are dominating the catch. The county park and boat ramp are open.